After racking up eight sacks over the final three regular-season games, Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy was shut out Sunday in the Panthers’ 23-10 loss to San Francisco.
The 49ers’ offensive line turned its protection toward Hardy, often giving left tackle Joe Staley an extra blocker to help with Hardy.
“It was tough. They had a great gameplan. I told the O line, they kept their composure. They got a lot of us rattled,” Hardy said. “They got a lot of good schemes going early so that we weren’t effective. The quarterback could get in a rhythm.”
The Panthers sacked quarterback Colin Kaepernick once – by a blitzing Kuechly – after sacking him six times in a Week 10 win at San Francisco.
“It’s just one of those days. I’ve got to adjust,” Hardy said. “That’s something (scheme-wise) you get when you get a lot of sacks. When you talk as much as I talk, you’ve got to bring it. ... I guarantee it’s not going to work again.”
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